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Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide.

Six teenagers dead. Finally, the killer behind bars. But are the games just beginning?


Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives—predators much like the noto
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 254 pages
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Thomas & Mercer
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    MarilynW
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Good Lie by A.R. Torre

    Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore's specialty is killers. Killers who have killed, killers who want to kill, killers who love talking about fictional kills, killers who might kill in the future but just need some talking time where Gwen mostly listens, doodling flowers on her note pad. Gwen thinks she is really good at her job, that she fills a niche in the world of psychiatry, but she's going to find out just how incompetent she really is at the important stuff. 

    Defense atto
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    jessica
    Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    the verdict is in - this is a dangerously riveting story.

    i honestly was not expecting this to be so good. i havent read anything by AT before, but im pretty sure she was predominately a romance author, so i was intrigued to see how she would handle mystery/crime. and she does it well - its a good look for her.

    this story is exactly my cup of tea. i would kill for a good crime fiction story, especially ones that deal with serial killers, so this ticked all the boxes for me. the characters are comp
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    Virginie
    Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    A defense attorney decides to represent a man accused of killing six teenagers. One of them was that attorney's son... Why is he so convinced of his innocence?

    The story begins with the latest victim of the Bloody Heart killer coming home after escaping. We also meet Gwen Moore, a psychiatrist who specializes in killers. I have to say I really liked this character and she's the reason why my rating is rounded up instead or down. She often has to face moral dilemmas because of her work and that w
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    Michael David
    Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I cannot tell you how excited I was when I received an ARC for A.R. (Alessandra) Torre’s latest thriller. I became a HUGE fan of her writing in 2020, having read 5 of her books. She’s still got it in 2021!

    Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating those with violent fantasies, some of which come to fruition. While dealing with a particularly stressful situation regarding a client, the state of California is unrest due to a serial killer. The Bloody Heart Killer targets male teenag
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    Sheyla ✎
    5 stars for this new psychological thriller by Alessandra Torre.

    Six teenagers have been murdered. They have been sexually assaulted and their sexual organs have been removed and discarded like trash. So it's shocking when the seventh victim returns to his home, hurt but alive, after weeks of his absence. He was able to escape and is pointing the finger at his high school teacher, Randall Thompson!

    Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist. She treats the worse kind of patient. She treats the ones who have
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    Jayme
    Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    THIS is how you write a thriller!

    Unputdownable from the first page to the last.

    The Bloody Heart Killer is reliable.
    He kidnapped handsome, popular boys, held them prisoner for a month or two, and then strangled them, leaving mutilated naked bodies with a heart carved into their chest.

    Six teens murdered.
    And, then the seventh escapes., and identifies his captor...a teacher from his high school, Randall Thompson.

    So why is Robert Kavin, the still traumatized father of one of the Victims, represent
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I’m game when Alessandra Torre decides to turn dark side, bringing out A. R. Torre identity to blow my mind with twisty, brain cell destroyer, nail chopper, heart pounder stories! Bring it out girl! I love to devour them at one sit!

    I’m still missing her Deanne Madden character from Girl in 6E! I’m crossing my fingers and wishing she can decide to write a new book of hers in near future!

    And let’s talk about this book: the story starts with a young 17 years old Scott Harden’s escape from his cap
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    Michelle
    Dec 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: netgalley-arcs
    ******AVAILABLE ON NETGALLEY RIGHT NOW!!!!******

    New A.R. Torre? YES PLEASE!!!

    I want this.

    I need this.

    I might even kill for it. 🔪 😉
    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Six teenage upper class boys have been murdered. The Bloody Heart serial killer just happens to let the last one escape.
    Gwen is a psychiatrist that just happens to have an unusual clientele. She specializes in some whacko's. She treats the guy that wants to murder his wife and people like the snobby Karen who wants to stab her one-upping sister in law.
    Little Miss Gwen had a one night stand though. With one of the murdered teenage boys daddy. Who happens to be a high powered criminal defense att
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    DeAnn
    Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2021, netgalley-2021
    4.5 blockbuster ending stars

    This author is now a favorite! This one kept me on the edge of my seat and the ending blew me away! I was not on the right track at all. It’s so fun when an author does that.

    For characters in this one we have Gwen – a psychiatrist who treats people with violent tendencies. There’s also attorney Robert, still suffering grief from losing his son. We know that both Gwen and Robert are hiding things from each other and from us.

    And we can’t forget about the Bloody Heart Ki
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    Linda
    May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Hunka Munka......

    This one has teeth.

    The Good Lie demonstrates exactly why A.R. Torre strikes a match and sets fire to every storyline she's ever written. And this one bites back with its creative and harrowing jaunt into those dark creepy places and hangin' webs tucked inside the mind of the Bloody Heart Killer.

    We find ourselves in upscale L.A. where six high school seniors have been brutally murdered. Most of them come from well-to-do families and the majority of them were athletes. I'll hand o
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    Javier
    Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot....

    If I had to use just one word to describe A.R. Torre that would be versatile. So far I've only read three of her books, and all three have been completely different but equally engaging.

    The Bloody Heart Killer has been terrorizing the city of L.A. for months, having already killed six young men. Dr. Gwen Moore is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treating people with violent tendencies. Robert Kavin is an attorney grieving the
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    jenny✨
    Feb 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
    Many thanks to the author, NetGalley, and Thomas & Mercer for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    1–2 stars, with the potential for more. Get ready, folks! This is gonna be a long review.

    I feel weird about The Good Lie. It wasn’t horrible. The prose was actually quite readable and flowed quickly. But certain parts left a terrible taste in my mouth, and these moments completely ruined the rest of my (fairly decent) reading experience. 

    At the end of the day, this book and I just didn’t alc
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    Chelsea Humphrey
    Me, breaking out my detective gear to solve this mystery:

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    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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    Christina
    Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    AR Torre always brings it - the scandal, the suspense, the thrills and the twists. I was so excited to read her latest and, true to form, this book was a page-turner. I loved the central character Gwen, a psychiatrist who specializes in clients with killer impulses. Literally. In his book, she is called upon to creat a profile for the Bloody Heart Killer, a serial killer who has been torturing and killing young boys and taking their pinky fingers as trophies. Creepy, weird, and fascinating, and ...more
    Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Like nearly every other woman in the world, during my time in quarantine I have finally succumbed to the temptation of the . . . .



    So when the television wasn’t available, what better reading option could I possibly find than a book about a serial killer?

    The story here is about the “Bloody Heart” murders – six Abercrombie-style teenage boys who were taken captive, tortured, and left mutilated for the authorities to find. It’s also about the one that got away. And the dad of one of the victim
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    Lisa
    Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: net-galley
    My thanks to A.R. Torre, Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley. I would love to bash all over this story! But, I just cant. It's everything I didn't want it to be. Yet it's still in the hot spot! The shrink and lawyer were too clever by half! That's what made this a "must read!" I understand all the clever devices that authors deploy. I'm usually along for the ride. This was fun! Even by my standards. No not funny. But..well, you'll see. I was happy ☺ to read the half arsed end! ...more
    Ludwig Reads
    Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: Fans of serial killer thrillers
    4.5 stars.

    “Could this be a copycat killer? A hoax? Or a weak moment in strategy and execution?”

    I ADORE this author’s writing. THE GOOD LIE is about a psychiatrist (she specializes in treating killers) who makes it her mission to unmask the notorious “Bloody Heart Killer” who targets teenaged boys. I was deeply immersed in this story and I was never in a rush to get to the ending, mainly because of the main character who was so unique and well-cracfted; she definitely made a big impression on me
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    Suzy
    May 07, 2021 added it
    Now THIS is the way to write a thriller! Damn that was good. RTC!
    Jen
    Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed this book. It centers on Gwen, a psychologist that specializes in counseling those with violent tendencies. When a client follows through on a threat that she has been working with him to overcome, she feels guilty and scrabbles to find signs she might had missed. She also meets Robert during this time, who asks her to put together a profile of a serial killer who killed his own son, as he fears that the wrong person has been arrested.

    The writing in this book is engaging and Gwe
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    Alisa
    Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was actually going to hold off on reading this book until closer to the release date. But that description got stuck in my head, so I started reading it pretty much the moment I got it. And did not stop until I finished. There are quite a few plot threads going on but the thing that intrigued me the most and made me want to read the book sooner was the fact that a lawyer whose son was killed by a notorious serial killer decides to represent a school teacher that was identified by an escaped vi ...more
    Matt
    Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    One of my favorite thrillers of the year so far! The ‘clues’ and storyline were so well thought out and placed together, and it kept me guessing the whole time who the killer was - is Randall actually innocent, and if so, who was the actual BH Killer? I kept going back and forth on some theories as more information was revealed but I have to say I did not guess the reveal!

    I loved how we were following multiple perspectives, it kept things at a steady and interesting pace and gave it many layers.
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    Holly
    Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, ebook, july-2021
    I'm such a wimp, but I can't resist a really good crime novel. So I jumped at the chance to receive an ARC of The Good Lie. The description intrigued me.

    Within minutes of starting, I was gripped. I was also slightly confused, as immediately it becomes clear that there are several threads that are woven together here, and it was hard to figure out who was who and how everything connected. If, like me, you struggle at first, please persevere. It's absolutely worth it and everything will become cle
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    talon smith
    Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    At this point in my relationship with Alessandra Torre books, I am a HUGE fan of her A.R. Torre thriller books. I can’t think of one that she has written that she hasn’t just knocked out of the park. The Good Lie was no different. I think she has really found her groove with this genre! I hope it’s here to stay.

    No matter how many times I tried to predict the ending– I just didn’t see it coming. And that was my favorite part about this book. There were so many different ways that it could have go
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     Priya
    Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc-2021
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    The Good Lie is suspenseful and spine-chilling, and a perfect epitome of what a mystery-thriller ought to be. It keeps the reader at the edge of their seat, giving little away from the brilliant mystery that builds up piece by piece, and unveils it in the end, through an intelligent plot and writing by A.R. Torre.

    For me, as a reader, a perfect mystery-thriller must have the following aspects: early foreshadowing that doesn’t give away any secrets, unpredictability, comple
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    Kim
    Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Bravo Ms. Torre, you’ve done it again! 5 solid stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is EVERYTHING a thriller should be! I discovered Alessandra Torre aka A.R. Torre a few months ago with Every Last Secret and found my new favorite author ❤️ and have been busy devouring her other books, including the Deanna Madden series which is AMAZING 🔥🔥🔥! I was so excited when Netgalley offered me an ARC and couldn’t wait to dive in and abandoned my other books to enjoy this one! I recommend just grabbing any of her b ...more
    Matt
    Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    One of my favorite thrillers of the year so far! The ‘clues’ and storyline were so well thought out and placed together, and it kept me guessing the whole time who the killer was - is Randall actually innocent, and if so, who was the actual BF Killer? I kept going back and forth on some theories as more information was revealed but I have to say I did not guess the reveal!

    I loved how we were following multiple perspectives, it kept things at a steady and interesting pace. The story is dark and a
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    Regina
    Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
    My first A. R. Torre book showed such potential that when I was approved for The Good Lie, it went straight to the top of my list. This was a 3.5 for me, rounded up to that 4th star simply for how quickly I kept turning the pages, despite having figured out the big reveal.

    This is a book about imperfect people - how deeply imperfect varies between egotistical and arrogant to - well, to serial killer.

    When Dr. Gwen Moore - a genius, if she does say so herself - is given the opportunity to study the
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    Dennis
    Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars.

    Full review to come, but I would’ve loved this one more if I didn’t figure it out so early on. However, it’s fast paced and I finished it in one sitting—very binge worthy!
    Monika
    4.5/5 🔪 - My first A.R.Torre Thriller that left me all doozy from the guessing game.

    Dr. Gwen Moore is a psychiatrist who specialises in treating people with wild killer-type fantasies. When one of her patients kills himself after “living” his fantasy, she sort of blames herself for not treating him or seeing the condition better. In parallel story, there is a serial killer Blood Heart Killer (BHK) who picks high school boys as his victims and carves out heart in their chest. After escaping one
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